How to Source Non-GMO Seeds

I’m guessing it sorta goes like this:

Your friend Lauren told you about GMOs and how they are hiding in practically every processed food you can find on the market. You start doing your own research to see if what she was saying was true or if she is just a bit cray cray. What you find is astonishing. You learn about the bio-tech’s tie to “Big Food” and how everything is owned by greed and money.

You’re outraged, you’re upset, you’re determined.

You begin to learn which food companies deserve your support and try to find a local farmer’s market in your area. You realize it’s so important to meet and shake the hands of the farmer that produces your food. Unfortunately though, you’re not as lucky as Lauren is, and the farmer’s markets in your area royally suck. The only other logical solution is to grow your own food.

#Bingo.

You build your beds, invest in soil, and then you hit a wall: what about seeds? You don’t want to buy any seeds that are affiliated with Monsanto or any other bio-tech corporation and you just aren’t sure if you can trust buying them at your local home improvement store.

And now, here you are. Desperately wanting some trusted sources so you can start your gardening journey and feel good that you aren’t supporting any of the bad guys. You want to know how to source non-gmo seeds but there are so many seed companies to choose from.

The good news? I have a company that I’ve grown to L-O-V-E and I think you’ll love them too (which will keep things simple)… SeedsNow.

I was recently introduced to SeedsNow through an acquaintance and she raved about how well the germination rate was on the seeds she started. Very curious, I went to their website and I immediately felt at home. The first thing I did was go to their about page and was greeted with this:

NONE OF THE SEEDS WE GROW OR SELL ARE FROM MONSANTO OR ANY OTHER COMPANY THAT IS AFFILIATED WITH GMOs. 
ONLY 100% PURE RAW NATURAL UN-TREATED NON-HYBRIDIZED HEIRLOOM SEEDS.

If reading that doesn’t make you jump for joy, then the next thing I found will.

There is an optional four step process that categorizes and refines the best seeds for you. You do this by:

  1. Selecting your growing zone
  2. Selecting a seed category (i.e., types of veggies like gourds, cucumbers, basil, etc)
  3. Selecting seed personality 1 (i.e., super easy to grow, direct sow, grows best in containers, days to maturity)
  4. Selecting seed personality 2 (same as above to even refine your search more)

If you’re still uncertain about a variety or want to take a walk on the wild side and try seeds that are NOT in your grow zone, you can opt for their .99 cent trial seed pack — it really doesn’t get better than that.

This my friend, is fool proof gardening.

And if you consider yourself having a brown thumb or you’re ready to graduate from your “two-tomato wannabe farmer” status, then you might just have a better chance of succeeding in your garden when you get your seeds from SeedsNow. I can’t promise anything, but I can tell you that I have had great success with their seeds.

Although my heart now belongs to SeedsNow, there are other great seed companies you can support that are not owned by Monsanto or any  bio-tech corporation.

Bakers Creek Seeds are known for their rare, heirloom varieties if you’re looking for something a little outside the garden box. They are more of the well-known supporters of the non-GMO food movement and preserving pure seed security. I did get a seed pack of snap peas that would never grow taller than 5 inches and would sprout ONE snap pea. It could have just been a fluke seed pack but I still found it extremely weird.

I have also used High Mowing Organic Seeds because a local urban garden store carries them. I have had good success with these seeds as well.

I did find that my SeedsNow seeds out germinated the other seed companies. I can’t be 100% sure, but I feel like it’s because the seeds I selected from SeedsNow were proven to thrive in the area I am in.

Honestly, when sourcing non-GMO seeds it comes down to user-friendly websites and what message sticks with you best.

For me? I’m sticking with SeedsNow because I really do love everything about the company; I love how I can pick seeds for my zone, I love their sense of community, I love the germination rate, and I love supporting a company that upholds the same values I do.

You’ll want to stay tuned over the next few weeks as I show you how I put my seeds to use (growing sprouts for chickens, tips for creating a pollinator-friendly garden, and a super cool pallet project I’m DYING to show you).

This post is sponsored by SeedsNow and contains affiliate links. However, the opinions and photos are of my own. Authenticity is important so I would never promote any brand or product that I wholeheartedly don’t believe in. My readers are my number one priority and I always recommend companies and products that I believe will benefit my readers. 

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Aside from being a wannabe backyard homesteader who wrangles chickens and free-range kids, Loriel is the owner/creator of the professional natural lifestyle blog Naturally Loriel, owner of the organic spice blend business Naturally Free, and freelance professional food photographer.


'How to Source Non-GMO Seeds' has 15 comments

  1. February 10, 2015 @ 1:23 pm Marjorie

    Great article! Pinned to reference for my garden. Thanks!

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  2. February 10, 2015 @ 1:37 pm Ariana {And Here We Are...}

    Such an important post! So many of us want to grow our own food, but forget to think about *where* we source our seeds, and what that could mean for the food we row in our gardens!

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  3. February 10, 2015 @ 1:49 pm Rachel @ day2dayjoys

    Living the natural and organic lifestyle I wish I had a MORE green thumb. One thing I am committed to doing better at, is growing organic vegetables. thanks for these tips and info about good seeds.

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  4. February 10, 2015 @ 2:09 pm Anna

    My aunty grows some vegetables and I wonder whether her seeds are non GMO. Thanks for the tips, I will make sure I will pass on the info to my aunty 🙂

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  5. February 10, 2015 @ 2:15 pm Megan Stevens

    I have never heard of a brown thumb until now, only a green thumb. What is the difference? 🙂 This company looks wonderful and I will remember them when it comes time to order!

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  6. February 10, 2015 @ 2:15 pm Tash

    Oh I love this! Once I have my own REAL house with a nice yard for gardening I plan to source all my seeds from something like this 🙂 I can’t wait to try them out. I might just have to grow some potted herbs or tomatoes now. Thank you! 🙂

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  7. February 10, 2015 @ 2:42 pm linda spiker

    Great information. Pinned!

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  8. February 10, 2015 @ 3:04 pm Jessica @ConveyAwareness

    I saw this on your IG profile yesterday. Love the resource. I’m pinning but also sharing it with two local holistic groups. Thanks! =)

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  9. February 10, 2015 @ 3:37 pm Emily @ Recipes to Nourish

    Love this! Such a great resource. Pinned it.

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  10. February 10, 2015 @ 6:26 pm Andrea Fabry

    This is helpful. I am determined to stay away from GE foods and seeds as much as I possibly can!

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  11. February 10, 2015 @ 7:12 pm Renee

    I am totally checking this company out! Thank you!

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  13. February 11, 2015 @ 10:17 am Chloe @ How We Flourish

    This is awesome! I’ll be saving this for when we start our own garden!

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  14. February 16, 2015 @ 11:05 am Heather

    Thank you for sharing this company. This is ust what I was looking for and perfect timing. I appreciate all the work that you put into your blog so we have a trustworthy resource for healthy food and now seeds, too!

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  15. February 18, 2015 @ 10:22 pm Pam

    There is also a local company, Two Seeds in a Pod, here in the Tampa area. He grows and saves rare and heirloom seeds – all non-gmo! Find them at twoseedsinapod.com.

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